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Craig Cheply

Tempe, AZ, United States

“As we go about our daily rituals, we obviously look at and see many things. Some events register in our memories while others do not. Of the “things” that register, have we done a close observational view or just take the visual information for granted? Some artists are content to work with one subject, group of colors, or time/lighting condition repetitiously, giving them an identifiable “look” desired by art galleries and museums for marketing purposes. I consider myself a visual journalist always embracing the challenge to render the endless variety of subject matters in various media, time/lighting conditions therefore allowing both myself and the viewer a greater scope and appreciation of the fine art interaction experience.” Natural History tells the story of our living earth. It comprises the systematic observation, classification, interpretation, and description of the biosphere and its inhabitants. Natural history is a primary component of culture. Every society develops some system for classifying, interpreting, and valuing animals, plants, and other natural phenomena. These systems shape our understanding of the world and our place in it. Natural history is field-based. It begins with direct observation and study of organisms in the conditions under which they actually live. Natural history is interdisciplinary. While grounded in the natural sciences, it engages the humanities, social sciences, and the arts, and it informs technical fields such as medicine, agriculture, forestry, and environmental management. Why does Natural History Matter? The ongoing “100% Natural” Series since 2006 is: Contemporary visual statements of the observed socio/polit/enviro/econo/relig/geo/natural landscapes playing out on the domestic and world stages daily as subject matter. My artworks are rendered with the triple entendre entity Natural History (Certified) being the classification, subject matter and medium. I’m using our historic past literally, allegorically, metaphorically, representatively, recycled, repurposed, reused, time based, etc. as the medium upon divergent substrates visually commenting upon all of man's histories in this 21st Century arena. Please just Google my name for more worldly feedback and information. This is my 8th year at ArtPrize.

Craig's ArtPrize Entries

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  • Photo of 100% Natural #31-Until I Walk A Mile In Their Shoes

    100% Natural #31-Until I Walk A Mile In Their Shoes

    2017 ArtPrize Entry Craig Cheply
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  • Photo of 100% Natural #26-Once Upon A Time-Midterm$ 2014

    100% Natural #26-Once Upon A Time-Midterm$ 2014

    2016 ArtPrize Entry Craig Cheply
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  • Photo of 100% Natural #27-EnvironGeoPolitical Landscape #1

    100% Natural #27-EnvironGeoPolitical Landscape #1

    2015 ArtPrize Entry Craig Cheply
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  • Photo of 100% Natural #21-These United States-History Unheeded

    100% Natural #21-These United States-History Unheeded

    2014 ArtPrize Entry Craig Cheply
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  • Photo of 100% Natural #23-$ymbiotic Pipedream$

    100% Natural #23-$ymbiotic Pipedream$

    2013 ArtPrize Entry Craig Cheply
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  • Photo of 100% Natural #20-Shared Fate

    100% Natural #20-Shared Fate

    2012 ArtPrize Entry Craig Cheply
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  • Photo of 100% Natural #16-These United States

    100% Natural #16-These United States

    2011 ArtPrize Entry Craig Cheply
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